Water softenerIf you have ever heard of the hard water, then you should know that some homes are plagued with the negative side effects that they tend to cause. Hard water is water that has large amounts of minerals in it, including calcium and magnesium, among others. This can cause a buildup of lime scale inside of the pipes of your home. This will then cause a blockage, reducing the water flow of your valves. With the use of a water softening system, you can filter out the destructive minerals, giving you “softer” water.

Damage Caused By Hard Water

Clogging up the plumbing pipes in your home is only the beginning of your worries when it comes to dealing with hard water. More than just your pipes will be effected by the hard water. Whatever the water touches, including drains, fixtures and even things you wash with the water can start to have buildup of lime. Here are some of the problems you may find when you have hard water:
• Spotting: You may find that soap spots remain behind after washing clothes, dishes or even your car. This is because mineral-enriched water tends to make it more difficult to rinse detergents free of the items. This soap buildup can end up harming your appliances, including your dishwasher and washing machine.
• Damage: You may also find that the things you wash using the hard water tend to have shorter lifespans. This includes clothes, painted surfaces that start to decay because of hard water collection and small appliances, such as coffeemakers and hoses.
• Irritation: This can be done to your skin and eyes. Whatever area you wash with the hard water. Since it is unable to wash off soap, it can cause your skin to chafe, become dry or rashes may develop. When a water softening system is installed, you may notice that your skin and hair will feel softer.
• Expenses: Your utility bills are raised because of hard water building lime scale in your water heater system.

How Water Softening Systems Work

When a water softening system is installed, a big cylinder that holds a resin bed that is made up of plastic beads that are coated with salt is used to transfer calcium ions from the water and replace them with a sodium ion. This process is called regeneration and will soften your water. The sink water will be saltier than usual, but the amounts of sodium in the water are very small, so it isn’t noticeable. You won’t have to worry about it raising your sodium intake either. The water is safe to drink, just like with most water filtration systems.

Maintenance and Price

The cost for water softening systems range greatly, but they are known to be quite pricey. However, the cost for this type of investment is definitely worth it, especially compared to all of the damage being caused throughout your home because of it. The only maintenance work you need to do to keep it running properly, is to add salt to it, so that its resin beds can continue doing their job. Some contractors offer to do this for you on a pre-determined schedule, so that you won’t have to worry about forgetting. The daily costs of running the system isn’t expensive at all and the lifespan of these systems are very long, giving you a great return on investment in the long run.

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